Mac vs. PC: The Debate and the Dilemma

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Mac vs. PC: The Debate and the Dilemma Background of the Debate The debate between whether to buy Macintosh or buy a PC has been ongoing since Microsoft first introduced Microsoft Windows in November 1984. Apple Macintosh had developed its first personal computer, mouse and graphical user interface (GUI) in January of 1984. The debate has grown and has been the subject of many articles and even is the main high light of various websites. This frequently heated debate has even been compared to the Pepsi vs. Coke debate (Derene, 2009). While the rhetoric has continued the differences between these products has actually lessened, making it possible for some applications to be shared. Even the mechanics of the machines has become similar. Both use Intel processors, and both obtain many of their parts from the same supply companies. The operating systems of Windows Vista and Mac OSX Leopard are very similar when comparing multimedia, Internet and applications (Derene, 2009). It is a well-known fact that Microsoft is the most marketed operating system. This can be explained by the decision by Microsoft to design and sell its operating system to other computer manufacturers. This meant making it compatible with other hardware. Apple did not choose to do this, making its operating systems only compatible with its own computer hardware (Derene, 2009). In a website article called “HongKait.Com: Online Tips for Designers and Bloggers” Nina Krimly states statistics that identify Microsoft as controlling 91% of the market while Apple Mac around 5%. The exclusivity of Apple did not make it popular among those who used the computer to work on projects both at home and at work in the past ... ... middle of paper ... ... student fees going to help with textbook purchase they go towards the purchase of a digital notebook or computer or similar device. Whether these are a Mac platform or a Microsoft platform we will need to be ready to make these changes. References Retrieved 1 March, 2011, from http://www.apple.com/education/labs/. Derene, Glenne. (2009). Mac vs. PC: The Ultimate Lab Test for New Desktops & Laptops. Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 1 March, 2011, from http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/tests/4258725. Ford, Kelly. (2009). Mac vs. PC People: Personality Traits & Aesthetic/Media Choices. Hunch. Retrieved 1 March, 2011, from http://hunch.com/media/reports/macpc/. Krimly, Nina. (2010). HONGKIAT.com. Retrieved 1March, 2011, from http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/mac-vs-pc-myth-busting-consumer-guide/ .

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